April 11th, 2011

Can I?

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Can you hold the door of your tent
Wide to the firmament?
Can you, with the simple stature
Of a child, breathing nature,
Become, notwithstanding,
A man?
Can you continue befriending
With no prejudice, no ban?
Can you, mating with heaven,
Serve as the female part?
Can your learned head take leaven
From the wisdom of your heart?
If you can bear issue and nourish its growing,
If you can guide without claim or strife,
If you can stay in the lead of men without their knowing,
You are at the core of life.

The Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (The Witter Bynner version), Terebess Asia Online (TAO)

Can i, mating with heaven,
serve as the female part?
Can my learned head take leaven
from the wisdom of my heart?

Can i?  Can it?